Out and About – September

We are out and about in the neighbourhood daily, connecting with awesome individuals, community organisations, clubs and businesses in the spaces they Live, Learn, Work and Play.

Here’s a snapshot of September.

Managers at Airport Oaks’ Rinnai NZ factory want to support the health and wellbeing of their staff. Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura have helped connect them with community health champion Buck Stowers who has begun a 7-week fitness programme in the workplace.

We are working with a range of Maori stakeholders and community members around how we can effectively tackle the fact that smoking has not changed for Maori women in our community. This past month we held our third workshop looking at all the factors that affect smoking behavior.

From left to right: Community members Jean, Jodi, Daphne and Makiroa.

The Otara Kai coLABoration has kicked off with a focus to support the Otara community to prioritise food choices for wellbeing.

From bottom left: Shaun Tautali – Southseas Healthcare, Serena Lal – Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura, Gina Makiha – AUT Student, Julio Bin – The Southern Initiative, Andy Piutau – Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura, Erin McCulloch – Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura, Sam Lafolua – Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura, Caleb Va’a – Southseas Healthcare, Vika Manumua – Community Member, Fiona Ting – Resilio, Malia Fononga – Community Member, Tapuvakai Vea – Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura, Diana Anderson – Diabetes Projects Trust. Absent: Loto Manuele, Lesini Leleifi – Community Members

Check out next month’s newsletter for more about this project.

Olympic medalist, shot putter Valerie Adams, is Mangere’s ‘Golden Girl’. This month, she was out celebrating the launch of Future Streets – Te Ara Mua at Mangere Town Centre and, found time to lend her support to the #WalkNRideSouthside Movement with Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura staff Chris Joseph, Natasha Finau, Andy Piutau, Jayesh Parekh and Lesley Maipi.